LeBron James Never Stopped Trusting his Teammates

09 May 2018, 12:36 | Kristine Mills

LeBron James drilled a bank shot buzzer beater to continue the Cavaliers dominance over the Raptors

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LeBron James scored 29 points as Cleveland Cavaliers secured a 4-0 series win over Toronto Raptors and ensure their place in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

[Tyronn] Lue and James said they never saw the SNL skit, but clearly, confidence in Cavs camp is mighty high these days after things seemed pretty shaky less than two weeks ago when Cleveland trailed in 2-1.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James blows kisses as he walks off the floor after a 128-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday in Cleveland. But we had a great gameplan and we executed it.

James had played every other night dating back to Game 5 of the Pacers series. They won one game in overtime and won Game 3 on a last-second shot. Still, the Raptors were down a mere four points late in the first half, when Casey made the quizzical choice to sub in Lucas Nogueira, the offence-challenged Brazilian seven-footer who was making his first appearance of the series. Love averaged 20.5 points against Toronto, and four more Cavs joined him in averaging double digits: Kyle Korver (14.5 points), JR Smith (12.5 points), Jeff Green (12.3) and George Hill (10.3).

And it's hard to blame a coach when his players essentially give away such a crucial, tone-setting game with careless turnovers and myriad clanked layups and open jumpers.

"Boston will probably play them in the slow physical style in did", Pluto said. "We've got to continue getting better but I like where we're at right now". "We know they're going to come out, just like they did (Saturday) night in that fourth quarter to try to play and to start the game that way so we got to be prepared for that".

Jonas Valanciunas took advantage of the Cavaliers' willingness to surrender the paint to score 18 points in less than 16 minutes.

Even if they lost to the Cavs, no one on the Raptors team could have expected another sweep - following up the sweep from last season as well.

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"We were emotionally drunk after game one and game three", Casey said. We wanted to, but I think it was the frustration.

DeRozan struggled to explain James' stranglehold over Toronto.

"Everybody wrote us off. but at that time guys just made up their mind - 'We're not going to quit".

DeMar DeRozan said that maybe the Cavs just have their numbers. "And the only way to get that feeling off you is to go back out there, help your teammates and get a win". "It's been a challenge for us over the years". Will it be the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers?

McConnell's introduction into the starting line-up proved crucial for the Sixers, with the point guard scoring a career-high 19 points.

"Right now, he's just relishing these moments", forward Kyle Korver said.

"We had nothing to lose".

Cleveland is 9-0 when up 3-0 in a series.



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